Escape your life for a little while — come play in mine.

This is utterly stupid.

Posted by Lissa on August 13, 2009

I suppose you could term it other things — cowardly, ridiculous, bewildering, take your pick — but I’m going to call it flat-out stupid.

So Yale University and Yale University Press consulted two dozen authorities, including diplomats and experts on Islam and counterterrorism, and the recommendation was unanimous: The book, “The Cartoons That Shook the World,” should not include the 12 Danish drawings that originally appeared in September 2005. What’s more, they suggested that the Yale press also refrain from publishing any other illustrations of the prophet that were to be included, specifically, a drawing for a children’s book; an Ottoman print; and a sketch by the 19th-century artist Gustave Doré of Muhammad being tormented in Hell, an episode from Dante’s “Inferno” that has been depicted by Botticelli, Blake, Rodin and Dalí.

The book’s author, Jytte Klausen, a Danish-born professor of politics at Brandeis University, in Waltham, Mass., reluctantly accepted Yale University Press’s decision not to publish the cartoons. But she was disturbed by the withdrawal of the other representations of Muhammad. All of those images are widely available, Ms. Klausen said by telephone, adding that “Muslim friends, leaders and activists thought that the incident was misunderstood, so the cartoons needed to be reprinted so we could have a discussion about it.”  The book is due out in November.

John Donatich, the director of Yale University Press, said by telephone that the decision was difficult, but the recommendation to withdraw the images, including the historical ones of Muhammad, was “overwhelming and unanimous.” The cartoons are freely available on the Internet and can be accurately described in words, Mr. Donatich said, so reprinting them could be interpreted easily as gratuitous. [emphasis mine]

Got that?  A book that covers riots about cartoons doesn’t need to print the actual cartoons, because they’re gratuitous.

In other news, documentaries or news coverage of the 1992 L.A. riots can’t show any footage of the Rodney King incident, because hey you can see it on YouTube so it’s gratuitous.  Plus, it really pissed off a lot of people the first time — you don’t want that to happen again, do you??

(I suppose that means they can’t explain anything about the three fake cartoons that were added to the Middle East riot tour?  Surely those cartoons are super-ultra-mega-gratuitous.)

(h/t Hot Air)


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